Röyksopp need to get Happy Up Here

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it’s what i want that’s easy, it’s getting it that’s complicated

R̦yksopp РHappy Up Here

I had never really listened to Röyksopp before but all the blog buzz about Junior made them pretty hard to ignore. First single “Happy Up Here” kind of washed over me with a ‘meh’ feeling at first. Then I listened to it once walking down a sunny street and it appealed much more. It’s the perfect sunny day soundtrack, which is an odd contrast to the doomsday arcade vibe of the video you might have seen in the TBE TV box. Listening to the rest of the album I was left a little confused as to why these guys are so popular. I guess their brand of gloom-pop is just not really my thing. Though maybe that’s why they are so big in Europe. My other favorite on the album is “It’s What I want” which along with “Happy Up Here” are the only tracks under 4:30. This is pop guys, why the endless songs? Like you said, “All that I want is keeping it easy.”

Röyksopp – It’s What I Want

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Basement Jaxx make me wet with Raindrops

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just like a waterfall straight through the heart of me

Basement Jaxx – Raindrops

Whaaaa! New Basement Jaxx!!! If you are all like “Why you flippin? Their last few albums weren’t even any good, bro.” Then you haven’t hit that little play button yet. Push it! The guys that brought us “Red Alert,” “Romeo,” “Take Me Back To Your House,” and awesome videos like this, are back with beautiful artwork to a beautiful song. “Raindrops” doesn’t even have their usual steez of guest vocals, that’s Felix Buxton (one of the Jaxx) and some vocal processor spitting crystal beauty at us. The epicness of this song is undeniable Jaxx but it does seem like they are changing up their game big time. Their MySpace has been stripped of all songs but “Raindrops” and the album field of the MP3 is labeled “The Return Of Basement Jaxx.” Snap! The actual name of their forthcoming LP is Scars and it supposedly features vocals from Santigold, Sam Sparro, Lightspeed Champion, Grace Jones, Yoko Ono, Yo! Majesty, and Cyndi Lauper. Fresh ta def.

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Remix Roundup! ∞ Vol. 1

Yo, for real, it’s the weekend and its time to shake your moneymaker (not implying y’all are strippers or whatever). I stumble across a ton of awesome remixes as I surf this information ether-highway of ours. I don’t like giving them dedicated posts cause 1) not everyone is super into remixes and 2) I don’t want to dilute the attention that should be given to new artists. You feel me? I knew you would. So anyway, I am starting another new feature at TBE where I round up some of the sweetest remixes of late and toss ’em at you without any of the usual garnish you find in a normal post. Who knows how often I’ll do it but they wont all be this big, I just had a lot of goodies to share. Anyway, listen, love, download, dance! Just do it after the jump.

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With Jenny Owen Youngs I could definitely be Led To The Sea

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whatever you say but walking away is still running

Jenny Owens Young – Led To The Sea

OK, so I totally just got chills. As if listening to Jenny Owen Youngs’ music wasn’t beautiful enough, she herself is stunning, she says “fuck,” lists Motion City Soundtrack as an influence, her tunes are on eMusic, and then to read that she is touring with TBE faves Jukebox The Ghost? Damn man, too fucking hot. I kinda can’t handle it. Ok, be strong man, talk about the song. Ok, the song, the song. I can do it….. SO, “Led To The Sea” is foot stomper of a track that showcases Jenny’s tal…. ok, I can’t do it. Sorry, I just watched this and I’m speechless. Best ever. And the goosebumps again.

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Brakes ask that you Don’t Take Me To Space, Man

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singing goddamn i’m happy just to be alive

Brakes – Dont Take Me To Space (Man)

You may have noticed that new little eMusic Daily Download box in the right sidebar. eMusic subscribers can pick up a free song everyday! What does Amazon give you? One a week? Ha! That, along with a million other reasons, are why I love eMusic and have been a subscriber for 3 or so years. Oh, and this hot track by Brakes? Yeah, picked it up from that same eMusic box yesterday. The sweet just gets sweeter. Brakes (Known as brakesbrakesbrakes in the US) are a UK quartet whose third LP Touchdown just came out. This is the first I have heard of them and I’m loving the straight up no-frills rock. Feels like something straight out of the 90s that would be at home in a Pre-Millenial Flashback. Very sweet indeed.

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Datarock finally Give It Up

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you gotta keep up your guard, you gotta hit quick and hard

Datarock – Give It Up

The Norwegians in the red jumpsuits are back! Their new album Red comes out later this year but various other tidbits have been surfacing lately. A few months ago the Kissy Sell Out remix of the lead singe “Give It Up” came out to some confusion because nobody had heard the original. I was pretty stoked on it but was holding off judgment for the original. Well, last week the video for album version of “Give It Up” came out and for many it was our first true glimpse of Datarock 2009. You many have stumbled across that video in the TBE TV box (up on the right) and experienced the raw awesomeness of Datarock meets “Bad” meets Romeo & Juliet. I really hope this amped up energy and tighter song-crafting are indicative of Red as a whole (Not to mention that hot-ass album art). Their debut had its highlights (below) but was mostly forgettable, whereas “Give It Up” hits harder and tighter and weirder than anything before it. It’s not easy to mix Romeo, Mercutio, a Tony Robbins-esque pep-talk and enemas in under 2 and a half minutes.

From Datarock’s debut Datarock Datarock:

Datarock – Computer Camp Love

“Computer Camp Love” was the ubiquitous Grease-quoting, geek flashback, humor track but it’s appeal was mostly novelty.

Datarock – See What I Care

“See What I Care” is my favorite track on the album. Its smooth vocals and more introspective lyrics layered over a whiplash 80s buildup beat are a recipe for head bobbing sing-alongs.

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Totally Michael’s heart goes out to Winona

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call me crazy, call me stupid, call me anything you want

Totally Michael – Winona

Having trouble getting motivated on hump day? I’m not! I’m listening to Totally Michael and jumping off the couch! Totally Michael is a one man band (hence “Totally”) who performs live with only a guitar and his ipod as his backing band, but still brings the major heat. If you ever loved Blink 182 or had (umm… have) a crush on Winona Ryder, you will appreciate this. You’ll also appreciate that his self-titled debut album is available on eMusic as an advance, a full week before its normal release date. Get. On. That.

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Sean Bones is chillin’ on Easy Street

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i’ll be hangin where the jungle meets the street

Sean Bones – Easy Street

Does Sean Bones not look like he is just straight chillin here? I mean, damn, that is exactly how I plan on vibing this summer. Bones plays the kinds of lo-fi ska funk that you can throw on at a BBQ and everyone will enjoy. The Specials meet The Strokes for the perfect update to the classic 2nd wave ska sound. Just try to resist that guitar solo at 1:19! Grab one more Sean Bones track over at RCRD•LBL and then fire up the grill, baby!

Hey NYC! FREE show! May 6th, Sean Bones opening for Harlem Shakes (who you know are awesome) at Pianos. Did I mention free? Don’t sleep on that.

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